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Jordan Intensive Arabic

Dates: 28 August–21 December 2023 (approx.)
Application Deadline: 15 February 2023

Jordan is a small but important country in the Eastern Mediterranean area that exemplifies many of the problems, as well as the promise, of all countries in the area. The population is divided fairly evenly between native Jordanians of Bedouin and rural stock, and urban Palestinians who are ultimately refugees. Hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees have also flooded the country. The economy is developing but still has major problems. Water shortages are severe. Understanding Jordan is a good way to begin to understand the entire region. You will be exposed to a quasi-democratic country with some of the trappings and rhetoric of democracy but not always its substance, a country currently in a state of enormous flux and facing critical issues of succession, inclusion, and legitimacy. You will be exposed to Christian Arabs of various types, a multifaceted Islam in a variety of settings and manifestations, and to a political and religious discourse that is fascinating and unfamiliar. Most importantly, you will have many opportunities to get to know kind and resilient people, come to understand their concerns, views and ways of living, and learn a great deal about yourself.

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Spencer Scoville
3061 JFSB
(801) 422-5271


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Frequently Asked Questions
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More Information

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Students will enroll in the following required courses while on this program:

ARAB 211R—Second Year Conversation (2 credit hours)
ARAB 311R—Third Year Conversation (2 credit hours)
ARAB 300—Advanced Modern Standard Arabic (4 credit hours)
ARAB 302—Newspaper Arabic (4 credit hours)
ARAB 331—Spoken Arabic (4 credit hours)

Students may not take any other courses on this program, including BYU Online courses, without approval by the program director and ISP.
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Includes Latter-day Saint undergraduate full tuition (increased cost for graduate and non–Latter-day Saint students), housing, excursions in Jordan, and international health insurance.

Does not include airfare, meals, local transportation, or personal expenses.

The December Israel/Palestine program (required of MESA majors, optional for others) should be in the $2,200–2,400 range (we are awaiting the 2023 bid).
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Funding Sources

Regular BYU tuition scholarships, Pell Grants, and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to study abroad programs.

Students who submit the financial aid section of the ISP application and who have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (A-41 ASB) will be considered for a Study Abroad scholarship.

Academic departments and colleges may assist with scholarships and grants.

Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see
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ARAB 101—First Year Arabic (4 credit hours)
ARAB 102—First Year Arabic (4 credit hours)
ARAB 201—Second Year Arabic (must pass with at least B-) (4 credit hours)
ARAB 202—Intermediate Arabic (must pass with at least B-) (4 credit hours)

Accepted students are required to participate in an international, cross-cultural preparation course (IAS 201R, 1 credit hour). This evening course will be held during the second block of winter semester 2023 on Wednesdays, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Accompanying spouses will be registered for a 0.5 credit hour class to be part of the Israel/Palestine portion. Spouses will need to apply online and take the preparation course. Costs for an accompanying spouse for the Jordan portion will be approximately $4,700–5,000.

Students must meet all country- and program-specific COVID and health requirements for travel.
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Students will live in apartments within walking distance of and provided by the Qasid Institute in Amman.
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Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare to and from the program sites. Airline reservations must be made through BYU Travel. Students should contact a BYU Travel agent.

BYU Travel
280 HRCB
(801) 422-6293
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Application Process

Students must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Complete the online application here. A nonrefundable $35 application fee is required; applicants will be interviewed once the application is complete.

Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program. The first payment is due upon acceptance; please refer to the Payment Information document.

Application Deadline: 15 February 2023
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Program Adjustments

International Study Programs (ISP) reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost.

If it becomes necessary for ISP to cancel a program, all program payments made to BYU ISP will be refunded to the student’s BYU Financial account.

ISP is the only office authorized to cancel any of its programs.
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Spencer Scoville
3061 JFSB
(801) 422-5271
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Contact Us

International Study Programs
101 HRCB
(801) 422-3686
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ISP Student Handbook

To see the student handbook, click here.
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Payment Schedule

To see the payment schedule, click here.